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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Jan 10, 2007 4:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Who Was John?

it's a old gospel tune,here's a link to the lyrics,it's about john the baptist http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/introjs.htm?/~acsa/songfile/WHOWASJ.HTM

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Poster: Ssag Date: Jan 10, 2007 5:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Who Was John?

I dont want to be accused of bashing anyone because I am not in anyway shape or form trying to do that but the lyrics you posted here are not the ones sung on any versions I have of Jerry doing it. You may have a version that I havent heard yet so, you could be right also. That said the lyrics I posted seem to be closer to what Jerry sings on the version I have.

However, Jerry's version seems to be combining four differant ones into his own. So this song may have a thousand different meanings but it all boils down into one great song no matter how you cut it.

The version I am listening to currently as from 2-11-1976 La Paloma Theatre in its almost a carbon copy to the lyrics I posted.

This post was modified by Ssag on 2007-01-11 01:21:05

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Poster: Ssag Date: Jan 10, 2007 5:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Who Was John?

Well theres diffinately a few versions out there so before you think I am completely crazier then eveyone already does with my last post here's another example of lyrics which completely different from what you posted. There are many versions is why I think its more of a traditional.

Catfish John

Mama said, "Don't go near that river,
Don't be hanging around old Catfish John."
Come in the morning I'd always be there,
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.

Take me back to another morning, to a time so long ago,
When the sweet magnolia blossomed, cotton fields as white as snow.

Catfish John was a river hobo who lived and died by the river's bed,
Looking back I still remember I was proud to be his friend.

Mama said, "Don't go near that river,
Don't be hanging around old Catfish John."
Come in the morning I'd always be there,
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.

Born a slave in the town of Vicksburg, traded for a chestnut mare,
Lord her never spoke in anger though his load was hard to bear.

Mama said, "Don't go near that river,
Come in the morning I'd always be there,
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.

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Poster: LibraryChick Date: Jan 10, 2007 5:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Who Was John?

No - this is about John - on of the 12 apolstles - he wrote the book of John (4th book of New Testement) and the book of Revelation (no 'S'). John the Baptist was a man who 'preached' down by the river Jordan - and who baptised Jesus after his return from the wilderness.

The John that this song is referring to is the writer/apostle John - also known as John the Beloved.